Friday, November 21, 2014

0 Dumaguete: Top 5 Of Best Place to Retire Around the World

According to the Retire Overseas Index, Dumaguete is among the cheapest places in the world to live. And, that’s made the place as the top 5 for The 7 Best Places to retire around the World.

Photo credits: superhappytotravel.blogspot

Dumaguete is the city in the province of Negros Oriental and it is the capital and the largest city of the province. It is also mentioned that the city is also known as university town because of the number of colleges and universities which is popular educational destination for students nearby provinces and cities in Visayas and Mindanao.

It has two seasons; dry season starts from December to May, while wet season is from the period of June to November. The hottest is on April and May. And it is protected against most of typhoons in the Philippines.

The tourist spots of the city are beach resorts, dive sites, and the attraction of dolphin and whale watching and the easy access from Cebu City via ferry. There are three major hospitals in the city.

Here's the The 7 Best Places To Retire Around The World;
  • The Algarve, Portugal
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Dumaguete, Philippines
  • Pau, France
  • Medellin, Colombia
Source: forbes.com


Friday, November 14, 2014

0 Akyat Aral: Back to School Project IV


Akyat Aral Org is a non-profit group of mountaineers or hikers are aims to help the children that live in the far-flung mountainous areas of the Philippines.

The program is called “Back to School Project IV”, they choose the Igorot Community in Sitio Palale, Nueva Ecija as their beneficiary. 

It was an invitation from a friend and yours truly want to join the outreach program. Since, I am a volunteer in different groups who organize this kind of event. So, I accepted the invitation.

Location:

Palale Elementary School
General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

Arrival at Palale Elementary School

Preparation for the program

Distribution of school supplies

Students from Palale can draw...

Dance number from the students of Palale Elementary School

ITINERARY:

Day 1 (May 10 - Saturday)
4:00am - Assembly Time at Munoz Macdonalds (quick breakfast)
5:00am - ETD for Papaya, Gen Tinio, Nueva Ecija
8:00am - ETA Papaya Municipal Hall, Buy Provisions at the Market
9:00am - Start Ascend to Sitio Palale (Ride Skeleton 4X4)
12:00am - Arrival at Sitio Palale Elementary School
-Set Up Camp/prepare Program/prepare Feeding Food
01:00pm - Start of Program
05:00pm - Prepare food for participants
6:00 pm - Dinner Time
7:00 pm - Socials
12:00 - Light Out

Day 2 (May 11 - Sunday)
6:00am - Wake Up Call
8:00am - Breakfast
10:00am - Break Camp
11:00am - ETA Descent to Papaya Municipal Hall
01:00pm - ETA Papaya Municipal Hall - buy food lunch
02:00pm - ETD for Manila
09:00pm - Welcome home

Another unforgettable memories that I have to treasure. Thanks!

Friday, November 7, 2014

0 Cheap Accommodation in Sagada | George Guest House


I went to Mountain Province with my travel buddies. It was four days of vacation in the beautiful place where I can have a peace of my mind and indulge some physical activities. My friend booked us our accommodations at George Guest House for three nights in a room which good for three persons.

It is located in Dao-angan, Sagada, Mountain Province and only five minutes walk from the town proper, and very accessible to most of the popular restaurant in Sagada.
Blue Room
The location is easy to find. The establishment has a restaurant, too! So, if you don’t feel to go out to look for a resto. Then, you can just ask the staff and they will cook for you. The food is not so special though. But, has reasonable prices.

It is also walking distance to Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the road will also take the tourists to the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves, burial caves and trail towards Mount Ampacao.

The room is clean, with private hot and cold bath, a viewing deck for each room, cable, and wifi is available, but on the upper floor the wifi signal was poor. It is in front when the sun rises. The staff/owner of the hotel is nice, friendly, and accommodating.

Jeff and the owner of George Guest House
photo from GGH website

We appreciated the hospitality of the staff and we satisfied for service, too! So, overall we enjoy our stay. Thanks for visiting!

Happy travelling!
-Marco


For Room Rates, visit:  http://georgesagada.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2 Calle Crisologo: Back in the Past

Did you know that Filipinos were influenced by the people of Spain or Spaniards?  Do you want to experience a Spanish time? Well, Calle Crisologo is the best place to see the Spanish colonial architectures and the major attraction in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. 

Calle Crisologo is a street lined with Spanish Era ancestral houses and cobblestone Street, which preserved by locals for more than a hundred years. This led to Vigan’s inscription in the list of UNESCO World heritage sites.

It is the only town that was saved from destruction during Wordl War II because of a love story of a Japanese General who married a Filipina in Vigan. He promised the parish priest that he would save the town from destruction.

Ready your camera when visiting in this street because the houses are modest and very lovely subjects for picture-perfect shots. The tourist can even stay in a heritage house because as some have been converted into inns. And, some houses have been turned into stores which you can buy souvenir items and Vigan’s best product like antiques, abel woven products, bags, basi wine, burnay, chicharon, jewelry, sweets, Vigan’s vinegar, and woodcraft.

Walking on the streets of Calle Crisologo is a must because you will appreciate the history and understand the heritage. You can also ride a Calesa during your visit which used in the past. 

For my visit, I would say that it was enjoyable and unforgettable experience. I’d love to visit there again and experience the night tour because according to the others, you will feel as if you are in the past.

Recently, Vigan City is in the list of New 7 Wonders Cities.

Happy exploring!
-Marco

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2 Affordable Restaurants in Binondo

It is known as the oldest Chinatown in the world, which established in 1594. There are many must-visits in the area like; Binondo Church, Ongpin Street, Chinese Temple, and the Buddhist Temple. Binondo is a community in Manila that populated by ethnic Chinese who are living in the Philippines.

But, today, the group is looking for a place to eat around the vicinity. So, I am documenting on what and where we ate in Binondo.

So, here’s the list of restaurant that we have visited:

NEW PO HENG LUMPIA HOUSE
Fresh Lumpia
The fresh lumpia is served dry, packed and have nuts in it. But, the taste is great! I never eat that kind of lumpia before. I love it and I am going to try it over and over again. The price is very affordable!

Location:
Uy Su Bin Bldg. 531 Quintin Paredes St., Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines 

DONG BEI DUMPLING
Steamed Dumplings
Walking the main street looking for a spot to eat and in a small room a few blocks off the street of Binondo, the group found Dong Bei. In the room is the Chinese owner of the restaurant and the helpers rolling ground meat in their hands. 

So, we ordered and tried their steamed and fried dumplings. Our mouth watered when it arrives. It was my first time to eat dumplings and it was the best dumplings I’ve ever had!

Location:
642 Yuchengco corner V. Tytana Sts., Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

BIG BOWL NOODLES
Beef Wanton Noodles
The group is craving for noodles. We roamed around the area and found big Bowl Noodles in Masangkay Street. So, we’ve checked in and look for the menu (is photocopied) and tried their want wanton noodles. The serving is big and it taste good as well. The ambiance in the restaurant is not so good.

Location:
951 G. Masangkay Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines

WAI YING
Soy Chicken
This is the favourite hang out of the group, if I am not mistaken, it is already our third time here in the restaurant. It is a traditional authentic Chinese Cuisine and they provide affordable price. We ordered fried dumplings, soy chicken, and yang chow. The group have happy tummy! :)

Location:
832 Benavides St., Sta Cruz, Manila, Binondo, Philippines
Happy exploring!

-Marco
 
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